We all hate to see our kids cry when we leave for work or step out for errands. Although difficult, we don’t have a choice but to leave behind our toddlers and go to office or go shopping. But we should bear in mind that toddlerhood is an important phase. This is the period when separation anxiety begins to kick in. According to an article published in healthychildren.org, 'Many toddlers skip separation anxiety in infancy and start demonstrating challenges at 15 or 18 months of age. Separations are more difficult when children are hungry, tired or sick—which is most of toddlerhood! As children develop independence during toddlerhood, they may become even more aware of separations. Their behaviour at separations will be loud, tearful and difficult to stop.'
While in the beginning it might seem difficult to deal with separation anxiety, just taking a few steps would help ease the process. Begin with waving goodbye to your toddler whenever you leave the house. According to an article published in Babycenter.com, not many parents understand the value of taking leave of their children. The article states, 'It's a simple tactic but one that many parents ignore. Instead, fearing the wrath of their toddler, they try to sneak out of the house while he's otherwise engaged. Big mistake. This approach may save you the pain of watching your child cry, but it can actually make his separation anxiety more severe.'
So, start with waving bye to your toddler whenever you leave and slowly progress to all the other things you can do to deal with your toddler’s separation anxiety. To know more about the other methods, go through the ClipBook below, which is a curation of some amazing links from around the web!
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